ABSTRACT

Presidential Decision Directive 62: Protection Against Unconventional Threats to the Homeland and Americans Overseas   [open pdf - 2MB]

Alternate Title: PDD/NSC 62: Protection Against Unconventional Threats to the Homeland and Americans Overseas

"In 1995, I reaffirmed and elaborated United States counterterrorism policy in PDD-39. [Presidential Decision Directive] That policy directive remains valid. Because of our military superiority, potential enemies, be they nations, terrorist groups, or criminal organizations, are increasingly likely to attack us in unconventional ways. Adversaries will be tempted to exploit vulnerabilities in our critical infrastructure, impede continuity of government operations, use weapons of mass destruction against civilians in our cities, disrupt our transportation systems, attack us when we gather as a community at special events, and prey on our citizens overseas. As this cluster of threats matures in the coming century, I am determined that we will be prepared to deter them, prevent them, or, if necessary, limit the damage they can inflict. Success requires that we recognize the common nature of these threats, the need for an integrated response, and, in the case of critical infrastructure protection, the importance of a public-private partnership."

Report Number:
Presidential Decision Directive 62; PDD/NSC 62
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Date:
1998-05-22
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Federation of American Scientists: http://fas.org/
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pdf
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